ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Picture Comes Into Focus

Clemson over Virginia Tech wasn't exactly the result we were hoping for. The Tigers win gives Clemson the four seed in next week's ACC Tournament and knocks Virginia Tech down the ACC standings and seriously damages the Hokies' NCAA Tournament hopes.

Oh well.

BC's ACC Tournament scenarios are down to two. Win tomorrow, and BC earns the no. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament and faces no. 12 Wake Forest on Thursday. Lose, and it's a no. 6 seed and an opening round game against no. 11 Georgia Tech.

Here is how the ACC Tournament is shaping up, with all four of the Tournament's top seeds now claimed:

 

1st Round -- Thursday, March 10

- Game 1 (Noon, ACC Network): #8 Maryland / Virginia  vs. #9 Miami / Virginia / N.C. State

- Game 2 (2:00 PM, ACC Network): #5 Boston College / Virginia Tech vs. #12 Wake Forest

- Game 3 (7:00 PM, ESPN2): #7 Maryland / Miami vs. #10 Miami / N.C. State

- Game 4 (9:00 PM, ACC Network): #6 Boston College / Virginia Tech vs. #11 Georgia Tech

Quarterfinals -- Friday, March 11

- Game 5 (Noon, ACC Network/ESPN2): #8/#9 Winner vs. #1 Duke / North Carolina

- Game 6 (2:00 PM, ACC Network/ESPN2): #5/#12 Winner vs. #4 Clemson

- Game 7 (7:00 PM, ACC Network/ESPN2): #7/#10 Winner vs. #2 Duke / North Carolina

- Game 8 (9:00 PM, ACC Network/ESPN2): #6/#11 Winner vs. #3 Florida State

 

BC's two possible ACC Tournament paths are now:

- #12 Wake Forest ... #4 Clemson ... #1 Duke / North Carolina ... #2 Duke / North Carolina
- #11 Georgia Tech ... #3 Florida State ... #2 Duke / Carolina ... #1 Duke / Carolina

We wouldn't see the Hokies again until the ACC Championship, which isn't very likely. Given the way they played this afternoon, that's bad news for BC. Both Clemson and Florida State present all sorts of matchup issues for the Eagles.

If the first round seeds hold serve, we are looking at a huge ACC bubble day on Friday, with BC / Virginia Tech playing Clemson at 2 PM, and BC / Virginia Tech facing Florida State at 9 PM. 

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